Winter in Georgia officially started December 21. These tips will help ensure your lawn comes back when spring arrives March 20, 2021:
- Raise Mower Height
As a general rule, a grass should be mowed often enough so that you never remove more than 1/4-1/3 of the plant material. Example: If a bluegrass lawn is cut at a height of 2 inches, the grass should be cut when it reaches 3 inches. Removal of too much plant material can shock the grass especially when the grass is dormant.
- Kill Weeds
Weeds remain small from the time they come up in the fall through most of January and early February. They begin to grow quickly once the weather begins to warm in late February and March, so you are better off taking action during the winter months before they start sprouting.
- Rake Leaves
Lack of light and air will deplete your soil of needed nitrogen for healthy grass and may breed disease. Use a blower to clear your yard since damage to your grass can occur using rakes.
- Keep Off Wet Grass
Mowing a wet lawn may kill new grass and damage roots.
The best time to aerate your lawn in Georgia is in the fall or winter time, depending on the type of lawn you have. Ask us for specific instructions with your particular lawn type.
- Adjust Irrigation
Do not overwater your lawn during the winter months. We typically recommend one inch of water per week, but do contact us to determine what care is best for your lawn.
Fertilizing your lawn gives your grass the nutrients it needs. In the spring, your lawn will use those stored nutrients making it green and lush while preventing weeds, pests, and diseases once it starts warming up.